Sci/tech

Bering Strait Appeared Earlier than Believed
October 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A land bridge between Alaska and Siberia flooded to make the Bering Strait 11,000 years ago, more than 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers reported Wednesday.

Wasps Released in Louisiana to Combat Bugs
October 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press

Louisiana horticulturists tied a small cylindrical vial containing hundreds of gnat-sized wasps to a hibiscus plant on a well-groomed lawn Wednesday, and removed the cap.

Study Shows Earth Wobbles Linked to Mammal Extinctions
October 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wobbles or variations in the Earth's orbit and tilt are associated with extinctions of rodent and mammalian species, Dutch scientists said on Wednesday.

Monster Fossil Found in Jurassic Graveyard
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Scientists have found a fossil of a "Monster" fish-like reptile in a 150 million-year-old Jurassic graveyard on an Arctic island off Norway.

Greater Diversity of Life in Tropics
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

As explorers investigated the world in centuries past they began pondering a puzzle called the "latitudinal diversity gradient." That's science talk for: The farther you go from the tropics, the fewer different kinds of plants and animals there are.

Alaskan Storm Cracks Iceberg in Antarctica
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A bad storm in Alaska last October generated an ocean swell that broke apart a giant iceberg near Antarctica six days later, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

Ozone Hole Matches Record Size
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The "ozone hole" over Antarctica this year has matched the record size of 11.4 million square miles, the U.N. weather agency has said.

Ecuadoreans Learn to Live with Danger in a Country Brimming with Active Volcanos
October 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press

All across the volcano-dotted landscape of this Andean nation, millions of people have become accustomed to living in the shadow of mountains that can lay waste to their villages and farms in a matter of hours.

Smells Like Trouble: Parasitic Weed Sniffs Out Its Prey
September 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The parasitic dodder plant does not have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey. The dodder attacks such plants as tomatoes, carrots, onions, citrus trees, cranberries, alfalfa and even flowers, and is a problem for farmers because chemicals that kill the pesky weed also damage the crops it feeds on.

Dead Zone Off Oregon Needs Storms to Break
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The dead zone of oxygen-depleted water that has been killing crabs and fish along the central Oregon Coast is showing the first signs of breaking up, but will likely remain in place until fall storms move in next month.

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